The summer is a difficult time for landscape photographers. The early starts and late finishes. The clear skies, harsh light and lack of colour contrast. Normally I would take a break around this time of year. But having lost so much time to the coronavirus pandemic I an determined to make the most of it this year.
This week has seen some of the most remarkable conditions that I have ever known in the Lake District. It seems I could not have timed my return to the national park more perfectly.
I have been very happy with the work that I have been creating recently as I explore the far eastern fells close to my home. But I am becoming more and more frustrated with the narrow mindedness of some within our community.
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The rollercoaster that is my life as a full-time landscape photographer continues. From the high of one of the most enjoyable photography hikes that I can remember to the low of having to cancel my up and coming exhibition.
Despite the obvious impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on my business I have a feeling that the future is bright. My new found love of black and white photography means that I can continue to shoot once the light is past its best and I have new plans for my YouTube channel.
After finishing the photo essay about my efforts to reconnect with the area immediately around my village I have been looking for a new project. After a day exploring a rarely visited corner of the Lake District National Park close to my home I think I might have found it.
With the easing of lockdown restrictions I can resume filming on location once more. But will this new found freedom have a positive or negative impact on my photography?
In the spring of 2020 the coronavirus crisis temporarily interrupted my life as a landscape photographer, restricting access to my beloved Lake District. Allowed out just once a day to exercise I used my photography to reconnect with the area around the village where I live.